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Current Energy and Environmental Issues in Emerging Markets

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2020) | Viewed by 3731

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Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, Department of Banking and Finance, Lefke, European University of Lefke, Northern Cyprus, TR-10, Mersin, Turkey
Interests: environmental economics and macroeconomics
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Interests: cross-border cooperation (CBC); environmental impact assessment; international cooperation; landscape architecture; regional planning; spatial planning and territorial governance; strategic and common planning; sustainable tourism; urban and city planning
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Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
Interests: economic theory; economic history; behavioral economics; history of economic thought; economic methodology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your works for open access publication in this Special Issue of Sustainability, entitled “Current Energy and Environmental Issues in Emerging Markets”. The world is becoming more intensely aware of the critical issues arising from human use of its energy. Energy is a vital commodity that sustains human lives, as well as economic processes. Simultaneously, it is widely acceptable that energy use contributes to various environmental challenges, including climate change, fossil fuel resource depletion, and air pollution. Now, energy- and environment-related issues are significant issues that must be considered seriously as a policy and in order to achieve energy and environmental sustainability on a global scale, especially in whole emerging markets. This Special Issue will explore studies concerning the development, assessment, and management of energy and environmental issues in emerging markets.

Research areas for the Special Issue include but are not exclusive to:

  • Energy and environment in emerging markets;
  • Renewable energy in emerging markets;
  • Wind power, solar energy, and biomass and bioenergy uses in in emerging markets;
  • Energy technology in emerging markets;
  • Pollution control and cleaner production in emerging markets;
  • Environmental economics in emerging markets;
  • Sustainable energy in emerging markets;
  • Sustainability and climate change in emerging markets;
  • Natural resource economics in emerging markets;
  • Transportation and energy efficiency in emerging markets;
  • Environmental planning in emerging markets.

The Special Issue welcomes both qualitative and quantitative studies, as well as empirical and theoretical contributions.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dervis Kırıkkaleli
Prof. Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sema Yılmaz Genç
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  • environment
  • energy
  • emerging markets
  • environment planning
  • sustainability
  • climate change

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Implementation and Challenges of the Passive House Concept in Portugal: Lessons Learnt from Successful Experience
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8761; - 22 Oct 2020
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The European Green Deal defined by the European Commission on December 2019 presents an ambitious set of measures for the European Union and its citizens to accomplish the challenge of climate change, making Europe until 2050 the first neutral continent, where there are [...] Read more.
The European Green Deal defined by the European Commission on December 2019 presents an ambitious set of measures for the European Union and its citizens to accomplish the challenge of climate change, making Europe until 2050 the first neutral continent, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases. The Passive House (PH) concept has the same ambitious goal, targeting the reduction of the carbon footprint while promoting a construction design that gives primacy to the optimum energy balance, assuring comfort and quality with a minimum impact on the final building cost and operation. However, the PH concept is still not an easy process to implement in the traditional construction sector, especially in South European territory, as is the case of Portugal. Contextually, the present study through the discussion of a case study research method applied to European PH successful experience, has defined guidelines for the implementation of this concept within sustainable development principles. The methodology strategy starts with the information collection from Hanover, Brussels, and Tyrol case studies. Then, a statement regarding the current situation of Portugal in respect of the PH numbers and policies was performed. Moreover, the information gathered, as well as the experience of learnt lessons, were compared to the Portuguese reality. As a final procedure, barriers and obstacles for the Portuguese case have been identified through the analysis and understanding of the country’s social dynamics, and also with the crossing of sustainable development principles. Thus, the present research enables us to propose guidelines to increase the PH implementation in Portugal. Full article
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